Lemon Cranberry Swirl Bars

November 16, 2015
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Photo by Katie Bem
  • Serves 20-30
Author Notes

There’s this amazingly tart, yet sweet, lemon curd that has these mesmerizing cranberry swirls all over it. How can you not just love that? While lemon may be a far-fetched flavor during November and December, cranberry is certainly going to making its appearance more than once. So, there you go my lemon lovers and soon-to-be, a dessert that is equally refreshing as it is vibrant in all sorts of intense flavors. —Katie Bem

What You'll Need
  • Crust
  • 14 ounces Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 0.5 teaspoons Salt
  • 4 cups Flour
  • Filling
  • 0.5 cups Lemon Juice
  • 2.75 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Cranberries
  • 0.25 cups Water
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 0.75 cups Flour
  1. Crust
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Once light and fluffy, add in your egg and yolks.
  4. When combined, add in the flour and salt.
  5. Mix until your dough is formed, refrigerate to chill and until ready to use.
  6. When you are ready to prebake the crust, preheat your oven to 350˚ F.
  7. On a floured work surface, knead the dough so that it becomes more pliable and easier to roll.
  8. Roll out your crust into a rectangle that is about ¼” thick and is about an inch bigger than the size pan that you’ll be using. I use a 9” x 13” pan, therefore rolling my dough into a 10” x 14” rectangle.
  9. Take your crust and press it into your pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  10. Poke holes in it with a fork, this works as a vent, therefore no big air bubbles will come up in your crust while it is baking.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, just until the crust begins to become slightly brown.
  12. Let it cool until you’re ready to use for the filling.
  1. Filling
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, water and 2oz/¼ C of the sugar.
  3. Over low heat, stir the berries until they begin to simmer and pop open.
  4. The cranberry mixture will begin to thicken, this should take anywhere from 8-10 minutes.
  5. Once all of the berries are cooked and very thick, strain them. Set aside until you are ready to use.
  6. Preheat your oven to 350˚ F.
  7. In a bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, remaining sugar, eggs, yolks and flour.
  8. Add a few spoonfuls of this lemon mixture to your strained cranberry purée.
  9. Pour the lemon juice filling into the par-baked crust.
  10. Drop spoonfuls of the cranberry purée around the lemon filling, and then proceed to swirl with a knife.
  11. When you are satisfied with how your beautiful cranberry swirl design has come out, bake for about 35 minutes, until the filling has set.
  12. Remove from the oven, allow to cool. Finish with a nice dusting of confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!

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